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ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

I adore thee, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one in Divinity, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty. Thou art the true and only God, and there is no other God but thee.

Thou art to be adored and worshipped, to be feared and reverenced, as three Persons and as One God.

Thou art the same mighty Lord and Omnipotent God who alone knowest the faith and conscience of all men.

O God, be merciful to me a sinner; to me a sinner, who for a very number of my offences am not worthy to raise my eyes to heaven, nor to look up to thee, O God, Father Almighty.

And, O most merciful God the Son, our Maker and our Redeemer, coeternal and coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, who camest into this world to save sinners, do thou take pity on me, who am a sinner, weighted down under the burden of all my offences and evil habits.

O God of mercy, take thou from me all my offences, past, present, and future; send down from heaven thy holy helping Spirit, so that my iniquity and my sin may not master me, but that I may have strength to do the penance which is pleasing to thee, and may thus deserve to obtain thy mercy.

O God, who alone art all wise, thou knowest what is best for me a sinner; do with me what seems good in the eyes of thy Majesty.

O loving Father and merciful God, receive the supplications of thy servant; and may the prayers which I, a wretched sinner, offer now in thy sight rise up unto the ears of thy mercy. Amen.

O Holy Trinity, be my stay. Hear me, listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry. Thou art my living God. Thou art my all-holy Protector. Thou art my loving Lord. Thou art my just judge. Thou art my help in time of need. Thou art my guide to the heavenly kingdom. Thou art my true light. Thou art my holy joy. Thou art my ample portion. Thou art my everlasting salvation. Thou art my full life. Thou art my unspotted victory. Thou art my future hope. Thou art my accomplished redemption. Thou art my perfect charity. Thou art my holy resurrection. Thou art my life eternal. Thee I ask, thee I beg, thee I beseech, that I may live for thee; that I may come to thee; that I may rest in thee. Do thou hear me. Listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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AFTER FIRST COMMUNION SHE GAINED MORE SELF-CONTROL AS SHE DEEPENED HER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD: ST ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY

AFTER FIRST COMMUNION SHE GAINED MORE SELF-CONTROL AS SHE DEEPENED HER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD: ST ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY

She had a terrible temper as a child

On 16th October, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Canonisation, giving the church some new saints. One of these is St Elizabeth of the Trinity. She was born in 1880 in the military base at Avord in France. Her father was a Captain. St Elizabeth was baptised in the chapel of the military base. Sadly, her father died when St Elizabeth was seven years old and the family moved to Dijon. St Elizabeth had a terrible temper as a child, but after receiving her First Holy Communion she was able to gain more self-control as she deepened her understanding of God.

She gained an understanding of the Most Holy Trinity

She also gained a profound understanding of the Most Holy Trinity, which she cultivated in ardent devotion. St Elizabeth started to visit the sick, sing in the church choir and taught religion to the young people who worked at the local factories. As she grew older, St Elizabeth became interested in entering the Discalced Carmelite Order, though her mother was very much against this. St Elizabeth declined marriage from several men because of the desire that she had for religious life.

A fulfilled life of selfless, loving service

St Elizabeth entered the Dijon Carmel in 1901. She said, “I find Him everywhere while doing the washing as well as while praying.” Realising that she had become very ill, she also said: “I think in heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep in the great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and transform them into Himself.” Her spirituality is considered to be remarkably similar to that of her contemporary St Therese of Lisieux, who was also in Carmel. The two saints shared a zeal for the salvation of souls. St Elizabeth died at the young age of 26, having contracted Addison’s disease. Though her death was painful, St Elizabeth gratefully accepted her suffering as a gift from God. Her last words were: “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life.”

St Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, 2016

 

 

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ON THE PERFECT UNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY

ON THE PERFECT UNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Homily of St Gregory of Nazianzen

Every Catholic knows that the Father is truly Father, the Son truly Son, the Holy Spirit truly Holy Spirit; as the Lord himself says to the apostles: “Go and baptise all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This is the perfect Trinity in unity, which we profess to be of one substance. For we cannot admit division in God, as though he were a body; but according to the power of the divine nature, which is immaterial, we both believe they are truly distinct persons, and testify to the unity of the divinity.

We do not say, as some have imagined, that the Son of God is the extension of some part of the divinity; nor do we hold that he is a word without reality, like the sound of a voice; but we believe the three names and three persons to be of one essence, majesty and power. Therefore, we confess one God: because the unity of majesty does not allow us to speak of several gods.

Finally, according to the Catholic faith, we speak of the Father and the Son: but we neither can, nor should, say they are two gods. Not indeed that the Son of God is not God, rather he is true God of true God; but because we know that the Son of God is from none other than the one Father himself, therefore, we speak of one God. This is the doctrine delivered to us by the prophets and apostles; and taught by the Lord himself when he says: “I and the Father are one.” When he says: “one,” it refers to the unity of the divinity, as I have already said; but the word: “are” indicate the Persons.

– St Gregory Nazianzen, Treatise on Faith, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE CREATION STORY IN THE BIBLE: “GOD SAW ALL HE MADE, AND INDEED IT WAS VERY GOOD” (GENESIS 1:1-2:2)

This book [Book of Genesis] is so called from its treating of the GENERATION, that is, the creation and the beginning of the world. The Hebrews call it BERESITH, from the word with which it begins. It contains not only the history of the Creation of the world; but also an account of its progress during the space of 2369 years, that is, until the death of JOSEPH.

CHAPTER 1.

God createth Heaven and Earth, and all things therein, in six days.

In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.

And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.

And God said: Be light made. And light was made.

And God saw the light that it was good; and he divided the light from the darkness.

And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning one day.

And God said: Let there be a firmament [1] made amidst the waters: and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made a firmament, and divided the waters that were under the firmament, from those that were above the firmament, and it was so.

And God called the firmament, Heaven; and the evening and morning were the second day.

God also said: Let the waters that are under the heaven, be gathered together into one place: and let dry land appear. And it was so done.

And God called the dry land, Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

And he said: Let the earth bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, which may have seed in itself upon the earth. And it was so done.

And the earth brought forth the green herb, and such as yieldeth seed according to its kind, and the tree that beareth fruit, having seed each one according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years:

To shine in the firmament of heaven, and to give light upon the earth. And it was so done.

And God made two great lights [2] : a greater light to rule the day; and a lesser light to rule the night: and the stars.

And he set them in the firmament of heaven to shine upon the earth.

And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

And the evening and morning were the fourth day.

God also said: Let the waters bring forth the creeping creature having life, and the fowl that may fly over the earth under the firmament of heaven.

And God created the great whales, and every living and moving creature, which the waters brought forth, according to their kinds, and every winged fowl according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And he blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the waters of the sea: and let the birds be multiplied upon the earth.

And the evening and morning were the fifth day.

And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature in its kind, cattle and creeping things, and beasts of the earth, according to their kinds. And it was so done.

And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and cattle, and every thing that creepeth on the earth after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And he said: Let us make man to our image [3] and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth.

And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.

And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.

And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat:

And to all beasts of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to all that move upon the earth, and wherein there is life, that they may have to feed upon. And it was so done.

And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.

[Chapter 2] So the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the furniture of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

[1] Chap. 1. Ver. 6. A firmament. By this name is here understood the whole space between the earth and the highest stars. The lower part of which divideth the waters that are upon earth, from those that are above in the clouds. [2] Ver. 16. Two great lights. God created on the first day, light, which being moved from east to west, by its rising and setting, made morning and evening. But on the fourth day he ordered and distributed this light, and made the sun, moon, and stars. The moon, though much less than the stars, is here called a “great light”, from its giving a far greater light to the earth than any of them. [3] Ver. 26. Let us make man to our image. This image of God in man, is not in the body, but in the soul; which is a spiritual substance, endued with understanding and free will. God speaketh here in the plural number, to insinuate the plurality of persons in the Deity [The Holy Trinity, One God in Three Persons]. Ver. 28. Increase and multiply. This is not a precept, as some Protestant controvertists would have it, but a blessing rendering them fruitful; for God had said the same words to the fishes, and birds, (Ver. 22) who were incapable of receiving a precept. Chap. 2. Ver. 2. He rested, &c. That is, he ceased to make or create any new kinds of things. Though as our Lord tells us, John 5.17, “He still worketh”, viz. by conserving and governing all things, and creating souls.

 

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JESUS CHRIST, TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN

A homily of St Leo on Matthew 17:1-9

The lesson from the Gospel, dearly beloved, which has reached the inner hearing of our minds through our bodily ears, bids us to the understanding of a great mystery. To this we shall more readily attain, if, by the grace of God, we take into consideration the events that have been narrated a little above. For the Saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ, in establishing that faith whereby the wicked are called back to justice and the dead to life, instructed his disciples by the doctrines he taught them, and by the miracles he wrought, to believe in him as Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, and the Son of man. For one of these truths without the other would not have helped them to salvation; it would have been equally dangerous to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was God alone and not man, as that he was man alone and not God. Both truths alike, then, had to be confessed; for just as the true manhood was present in the Godhead, so was the true Divinity present in the manhood.

In order, then, to confirm their knowledge of this faith, so necessary to salvation, the Lord asked his disciples what, among the various opinions of other men, they did themselves believe concerning him, or what they thought of the matter. Whereupon, Peter the Apostle, by the revelation of the most high Father, rising above bodily things and passing beyond human things saw, with the eyes of his mind, the Son of the living God, and confessed the glory of the Godhead; for he looked beyond the substance of flesh and blood: and so pleasing did he become by this sublime faith, that he received the fullness of blessing, and was given the holy firmness of an unbreakable rock; on which the Church should be built and prevail over the gates of hell and the laws of death. Moreover, when anything is to be bound or loosed, no sentence should be ratified in heaven other than that which was established by the judgment of Peter.

But, dearly beloved, the sublimity of Peter’s recognition, which the Lord had praised, need instruction concerning the mystery of the lower nature: lest the faith of the apostle raised on high to confess the glory of the Godhead in Christ, should deem it unworthy and unfitting for the impassable God to assume our weakness, and thus should believe that the human nature in Christ was then so glorified, that it could neither suffer pain nor be dissolved by death. And, therefore, when the Lord said that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and the chief priests, and be put to death, and on the third day rise again: then blessed Peter, who had been illumined by the light from on high, burned in his ardent confession of the Son of God, and with, as he thought, a religious and generous hatred, he spurned the notion that the Lord should suffer the shame of such a mocking and the disgrace of so cruel a death. But when corrected by Jesus with a kindly rebuke, he was filled with the desire of sharing even his passion.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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PRAYER: MAY THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE BE PROCLAIMED WITH EVER GREATER LOVE

“On every first Friday to commit as a day of fasting, penance and prayer (e.g. Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and 40 hours in October) for the intentions of the Universal Church and the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Let us pray

Father in Heaven, you have ordered the Sacrament of Marriage and the gift of life as an image of your Divine Life with the Son in the Holy Spirit. We pray that the teaching of the Church on the true meaning of marriage and human sexuality may be proclaimed with ever greater love, courage and hope in our world and be received in deep gratitude. Amen.

We ask for the intercession of all the Saints in Heaven. Our Lady, Mother of Nazareth – pray for us. Saint Joseph – pray for us. Saint Thomas More – pray for us. St Therese of Lisieux – pray for us. Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin – pray for us.”

(Confraternity of Catholic Clergy)

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY ASKING FOR GRACES THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BL. MARY THERESA LEDOCHOWSKA

Prayer to the Holy Trinity asking for graces through the intercession of BL. Mary Theresa Ledochowska

O eternal Father, You sent Your Son into the world to redeem it. Through the intercession of Blessed Mary Theresa, who spent her life working for the salvation of souls, grant me the graces I implore from You today.

(Three “Glory Be”)

O eternal Son, You cried out from the Cross, ‘I thirst’ – I desire souls. Through the intercession of Blessed Mary Theresa, who throughout her life wished only to quench Your thirst for souls, grant me the graces I implore from You this day.

(Three “Glory Be”)

O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Love, You enkindled the apostolic soul of Your true servant, Mary Theresa, with your divine fire. Through her intercession, grant me the graces I implore from You this day.

(Three “Glory Be”)

O God, You called Blessed Mary Theresa, virgin, to leave her service at the palace and to live only for Christ and His Mystical Body the Church. Through her intercession, grant that we, truly filled with Your love, might devote all our energies to the service of our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

(With ecclesiastical approval)

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Blessed Mary Theresa Ledóchowska was born in Loosdorf, Austria, on 29th April 1863. She dedicated her life to God and the missions. In 1894 with the approval of Pope Leo XIII, she founded the Institute of the Sisters of St Peter Claver for the African Missions. Mary Theresa died in Rome on 6th July 1922, and was beatified by Pope Paul VI on 19th October 1975.

Those who wish to report graces received through the intercession of Blessed Mary Theresa may send them to:

Sisters of St Peter Claver

89 Short lands Road

Bromley

Kent

BR2 0JL

England

Tel.: 020 8313 3915

 

57 Motherwell Road

Bellshill

Lanarkshire

ML4 2JA

Scotland

Tel.: 01698 747 112

bellshillsspc@btinternet.com

claversisters@catholic.org

– The above prayer and contact details are taken from a prayer leaflet distributed by the Sisters of St Peter Claver

 
 

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